How important is your byline to you? Are you willing to trade in your ego for some cold, hard cash? The willingness to write as a ghost writer or give up your byline can greatly expand your income and your writing opportunities. Agreeing to give up your byline is recommended for non-fiction writers.
Non-Fiction vs. Fiction
To give up author credits on fiction would take more soul wrestling, and you might be giving up too much. it’s not recommended that anyone give up author credits on any type of fiction. If you want to remain more anonymous with certain types of fiction writing, a pen name is a better approach.
Giving Up Your Byline: The Writer and the Ego
Writers who are in love with their own byline will have a difficult time selling their writing for money and not the writing credit. This can also be an issue for beginning writers, who are still green, or need to build a body of published writing clips.
Pride: Deadly Sin or Profit Killer?
If pride is the only thing stopping you from making a profit on a piece of writing, or from capitalizing on your writing skills, you may be doing yourself a disservice. When you are writing for money, and trying to make an actual living, there will be compromises along the way. If ghostwriting an article pays you enough to give you time to work on your novel, then isn’t the trade off worth it?
Marketing or Corporate Newsletters
Corporate newsletters and marketing newsletters are on publishing opportunity for freelance writers willing to give up their byline.
Public Relations Agencies
Write press releases or other material for local public relations agencies.
Publicist Jobs, One Press Release at a Time
Work for local artists, musicians or performance venues. A well-written press release is not difficult or time-consuming to write. Charge by the hour or by the piece. Local newspapers may publish the entire piece, without a byline, to fill space.
Write original content for websites, for friends or family members with small businesses.
Query local advertising agencies for freelance positions. If you are adept at writing marketing copy and have a clever and creative side, you can ghostwrite for advertising agencies.
Video and Commercial Scripts
Network with local videographers in your area and sell your ghostwriting services for their videos.
Offer your writing services to jazz up the restaurant, brochure or website of a local restaurant. Copy could include the restaurant’s history, and appealing descriptions of menu items.